The entrance examination for admission to Bachelors of Business Economics (BBE) at Delhi University (DU) evoked mixed reactions from 5,400 candidates vying for the 490 seats.
The examination on Sunday left many students stumped by the questions on mathematics.
The entrance examination will account for only 50% of a student’s eligibility for admission to the course. Student's performance in board examinations will make up for the rest. Ten colleges affiliated to DU offer a course in BBE.
“This is the only entrance examination which tests mathematical concepts taught in class XI and XII. This makes it more difficult to crack,” said Rishabh Sabharwal (17), a BBE aspirant.
However, some felt that the problem wasn’t with the difficulty of questions but with the time given to solve them. “The questions weren’t that hard but the calculations consumed a lot of time,” Paarizad Sehgal (17), a student.
“Students of Business Economics are required to have a knack of calculus and concepts of limits, which is why about half of the quantitative ability section is made up of these,” said Urvashi Bajaj, a teacher at Shivaji College, one of the 10 colleges offering BBE.
The great rush for the course could be attributed to the phenomenon of BBE graduates now increasingly being recruited by companies right after college.
“My daughter, though a science student, wants to study Business economics instead of pursuing engineering as she has learnt that this course has bright professional prospects,” said K.K. Diwakar, a parent.
This year at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce the highest salary package offered to a BBE student was Rs 2.4 lakh p.a.
“The salaries offered to students this year were a little lower because of the economic slowdown. The year before the highest salary offered was above Rs 3.5 lakh p.a.,” Subodh Pandit, placement in charge at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce.